Tuesday, May 3, 2016

What kind of eye liner works well on "mature" eyes?

 As older women know, it gets hard to use any kind of liner when the skin on your eyes is lax, and liquid liner is the hardest. You can have the steadiest hand in the world, but as the liner goes across the skin it will hit bumps and skip over some segments of your eyelid.  If you draw it on with your skin pulled taut, when you let go of the skin the liner still doesn't look smoothly drawn on. (It's a bitch to apply eye make-up when you get older, so enjoy it it while you can, younger ladies!) I honestly had no idea how much I'd have to change my make-up routine when I got older.

Most of the time I use eye pencils because they're quick and I'm usually in a hurry.  I have a variety from MAC, a lot of Urban Decay's 24/7 pencils, and a few of Mufe's aqua liners.  I like them because they're soft and I usually smudge them. I don't expect precise lines from them, because that's not what they're best for.

If I want a more precise line, I use MAC's fluid line gel liners with a slanted angle eye brush.  I love gel's staying power, and it seems to flow over the bumpy loose skin easier than a liquid liner. It's also easier to fix than a liquid.

Those are my 2 go-to's. If I ever decide to try liquid liner again, I'll probably go with MAC's liquid last liner, one of my all-time favorites (it will not fade all day, even when everything else you're wearing is almost gone), or I may try MAC's Penultimate liner again.  I doubt either will look very good but sometimes I want to be in denial and pretend that my eyes are the same as they were 10 years ago.

Do any of you women over 50 have a favorite eye liner?

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Kat Von D lipstick

When Sephora was having it's VIB sale I decided to try some new lipsticks. Not that I need any, but it's good sometimes to try some different brands.  I had heard good things about the Kat Von D lipsticks, and I loved the way the bullet was made, so I tried 2 of them.  I got Lovecraft and Wonderchilde.  Wonderchilde is actually a unique purple, due to some blue pigment that you can see separate from the purple. I was so happy with that because I have a lot of purple lipsticks, so it was nice that it was different.

Lovecraft is a beautiful nude. Again, I have a lot of nude lipsticks so I was glad that I liked it.

I will say, I'm not totally wowed by the texture of these. It's not bad, but it also doesn't glide onto the lips like some other brands I use (Nars and MAC). You definitely have to exfoliate your lips before wearing these. In the future if I'm going to go outside of my MAC zone to try other lipsticks, I'll go with Urban Decay, Nars or Laura Mercier.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Skin care review: SK II Emulsion and Caudalie Resveratrol Eye Firming cream

These are two of the things that I bought during Sephora's 20% off sale.  I'm always searching for good skin care that I can afford.  I used to use Skinceuticals' Phloretin CF serum, which I liked a lot, but I just can't afford it right now.  So I searched Sephora for skin care that had good reviews and that targeted skin that was losing elasticity.  That is my big problem now, and although my dermatologist said there isn't a skincare product that can tighten skin once it gets to a point like mine, I want to believe something can at least help.  I had heard good things about SK II's masks, and it's facial lift emulsion had mostly good reviews, AND it came in a nice big size (3.3 Fluid ounces).  Considering how much I was getting, the price was the same as many others like Estee Lauder that were cheaper but smaller.  Also most reviewers said that a little went a long way.  That is absolutely true, btw.  A pea sized amount covers my whole face. It feels good when I apply it and I feel like it's moisturizing. and my skin seems better overall, I'm not breaking out as much as I used to.  I don't think my skin looks any plumper after I apply it, and so far I don't notice a big difference in the tautness of my skin, unfortunately.

The other item I bought was Caudalie's Resveratrol Firming eye cream.  I've read some good things about resveratrol in general, so I thought it would be a good thing to try.  I've been using Skinceutical's Eye Balm for awhile, and I do think it helps the skin on my eye lids a bit and it definitely has kept me from getting crow's feet by my eyes.  But it is expensive, so I've been looking around for something else.  I like the consistency of Caudalie's cream, it's easy to dot onto my eyes.  But the skin under my left eye has become very sensitive recently, and sometimes when I put the cream on it burns.  It could be that the Retin-A has gotten on that skin, although I'm not sure why it's only my left eye.  I think it takes more than a month to see the results of any skin care product, but I don't think the Caudalie cream is going to last more than a month.  I seem to be going through it pretty fast.  I do think the skin on my upper eye lids is a bit tighter and not as puffy, which makes me happy.

Overall I feel positive about the SK II, and I like the Caudalie cream, too.  I will definitely buy the SK II emulsion again and probably the Caudalie.

I will say the one skin care product that I keep purchasing is Strivectin's Neck Cream.  I've been using it for a few years now and aside from some fat from being overweight, I think the skin on my neck looks good.  So I do recommend it, as well as Skinceuticals Phloretin CF if you can afford it.  If any of you have eye cream or skin care that you just love, please share!